Mini Maker Faire Returns to London’s Elephant and Castle

London's Mini Maker Faire at Elephant and Castle

Next weekend (November 15th to be precise) the Mini Maker Faire returns to London’s College of Communication in Elephant and Castle, and GeekDad will be there together with DIY.org Continue reading

Kickstarter Alert – SAM: The Internet of Everything for Everyone

The prototype SAM modules

SAM is a new project which has just launched on Kickstarter, taking the idea behind individual electronic components that connect together – pioneered by littleBits – and freeing them from the need to be physically connected by adding a battery and wireless chip to each module. Continue reading

A Great Weekend Project — DIY Arcade Controller

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While writing projects are in full swing, I often tend to collect small DIY projects that remain stacked on shelves until I have some of that free time… I’ve recently finished up writing two books that are now heading to the printer, and I find myself with some free time. I should be putting together a proposal for my next book, but instead I’ve reached for a small box of parts.
This past weekend’s project was quick and simple (relatively speaking), and I had a very easy gauge for determining its success or failure … would I be able to play the classic Atari 2600 game, Adventure, as it was meant to be played? Continue reading

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Mod Game Boys

Cleaning up our workspace.

Of all the fellows on staff here at GeekDad, I’d be willing to guess that I am the least mechanically inclined. However, as I slide ever closer to middle-age, I’ve recently begun to find my footing… by tinkering with old game systems. Continue reading

Mooshimeter: Funny Name, Cool Product

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A few different friends pointed me at this Dragon Innovate project last week and I had to check it out. Mooshimeter seems like a silly name, but the product behind it promises to change the way we diagnose electrical problems. Equipped with a dual channel circuit tester, Bluetooth, and your smart phone, you can use this meter to measure voltage and current up to 30 feet away. Continue reading

8 Tricks for Getting Out of Bed in the Morning

Tips for Waking Up

I’m not a morning person. I’ve tried. Really. But I stay up too late and I’d sleep in every morning if I had the chance. But there aren’t enough hours in the day for kids, hobbies, work, and sleep, but life’s far too short to spend it all in a drowsy haze. So here are 10 tips I use for getting up early every morning. Continue reading

London Gets Its Own (Mini) Maker Faire – Finally!

London's Mini Maker Faire

This coming Saturday (July 6th), London finally gets its own Maker Faire, to be held from 10am until 6pm at the London College of Communication, in Elephant & Castle. Come along and make some stuff with your kids! Continue reading

Great Idea: Adafruit Running a 6-Second Film Fest to Feature Your Projects

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Our friends Limor (Lady Ada) and Phillip over at Adafruit Industries have a great little contest going on. Using the micro-video service Vine, people are encouraged to submit 6-second videos of their cool electronics projects. Continue reading

SparkFun Electronics Presents According to Pete – Filtering

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Have you ever wanted to understand electronic filtering better? Here is a favorite According to Pete segment from SparkFun Electronics that addresses that topic in one of the best, easiest to understand, descriptions I’ve ever seen. Continue reading